10 Ways to Makeover Your Home with Just a Sharpie!

10 Ways to Makeover Your Home with Just a Sharpie!

Taryn Williford
Feb 5, 2014
(Image credit: Design Sponge)

Forget lugging out messy paints, brushes and dyes. All that's needed to change up the look of basic homewares is a permanent marker. With a good idea and solid technique, the possibilities for making over your bed, walls and furniture are almost endless.

Permanent markers like Sharpies come in a rainbow of hues (including metallic gold and silver) and a handful of textures (like oil-based paint markers for writing on ceramic, or brush-tipped fabric markers), so you can try your hand at virtually any project around the house.

Here are several ideas to get you started.

1. Spotted IKEA Chair Covers in Caitlin Wilson's home on Design Sponge.
2. Geometric Wallpaper inked with a gold Sharpie, from Vintage Revivals.
3. A "tie-dye" napkin made with permanent markers and rubbing alcohol, from Kirtsy.
4. The same technique on a bigger scale makes DIY ombre bedding, as seen in this tutorial from House and Home.
5. A knockoff Beni Ouarain rug from 29 Rue House.

6. White oil marker makes for an organic patterned lamp from Better Homes and Gardens.
7. Faux wallpaper inspired by Katie Ridder on Gus and Lula.
8. A leopard-print ottoman drawn with markers from Little Pink Monster.
9. A Marimekko-inspired marker wall on Curbly.
10. Basic Pillow Cases get Scripted from A Subtle Revelry.

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